Vest funding received

Law enforcement agencies in Fulton and Montgomery counties are receiving state funding for bulletproof vests.

The awards were announced this week by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman through VEST Partnership, a statewide program.

The state matching funds will cover up to 50 percent of the total costs, according to a news release.

Fulton County received $17,201 to pay for 44 vests, including 20 vests for the Gloversville Police Department and 24 for the Johnstown Police Department.

Montgomery County received $9,854 to pay for 20 vests, including 10 for the Amsterdam Police Department, six for the Canajoharie Police Department and four for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.

Montgomery County Sheriff Michael J. Amato said in the release his department will receive $1,402 for vests, and the money will help offset the purchase of new vests for four new deputies.

“This award is a great help not only reducing the cost of these vests, but … providing deputies with this very important piece of equipment so fast,” Amato said in the release

Currently, the deputies are in basic school, the release said.

The National Institute of Justice estimates bulletproof vests have saved more than 3,000 police officers’ lives nationwide since 1984, a news release from the attorney general’s office said.